Our gut bacteria and an absence of it or a lack of gut bacterial diversity affects mood and social behaviour. Healthy gut microbiota in early life is essential for normal neurodevelopment. These startling findings were made by Irish Scientists Ted Dinan and John Cryan, principal investigators at APC Microbiome Ireland in University College Cork. They have found “good” bacteria can secrete neurotransmitters so powerful that they rival the effects of Prozac, while “bad” bacteria can make substances that increase anxiety and depression and can influence behaviour in young and old. Candida, IBS, Eczema and Rheumatoid Arthritis are some conditions that are also linked to the health of the gut flora.
In my remedy programme I will often include a Homeopathic remedy which targets the gut in addition to the remedy that suits the overall picture.
Exams! Enough to strike fear in many adults, never mind our teenagers. Who out there is still having the Leaving Cert nightmare even though it is well behind you? Here’s a tip. Have you heard of the Dr Schuessler 12 Tissue Salts? Made from natural minerals, each one has a traditional therapeutic use. A great combination indicated for someone who is suffering with exam stress is Kali Phos, Calc Phos and Nat Phos Tissue Salts.
This combination covers nervousness and anxiety, inability to concentrate and lacking emotional equilibrium. All things that can be present in your Junior Cert or Leaving Cert student! They are taken 3 – 4 times a day for a number of weeks. Suitable for children and adults. You can get them individually in Holland and Barrett, Down to Earth and various chemists and health food shops or you can get them combined in a single pillule from Down to Earth, 73 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, 01 671 9702 (mail order too). Tell them Dianne sent you!
If you need more help coping with stress, book in for a consultation with me.